Drug & Alcohol Program
The purpose of adding alcohol and drug treatment services at Children’s Service Center is to meet the needs of a unique group of potential clients—young people in the community who are using/abusing alcohol and other drugs. By providing these services in an environment that is focused on children and adolescents, hopefully individuals in this age group will feel more comfortable either starting alcohol and/or other drug services or incorporating them into their ongoing mental health services. By providing substance abuse counseling and mental health counseling at the same facility, CSC offers opportunities for individuals and their families to become comfortable at one location. CSC can offer improved coordination of care, reduced travel time and costs, and fewer problems associated with coordinating appointments with multiple people’s schedules.
CSC’s Drug and Alcohol Philosophy
The philosophy of treatment at Children’s Service Center embraces the American Medical Association’s definition of addiction as a chronic, progressive, primary illness affecting the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of the individual and family, and, as such, is treatable. CSC has a long history of focusing on the needs of children and adolescents and their families and understands that child and adolescent alcohol and other drug users differ from adult users, having unique developmental issues that must be approached in ways that vary from adult treatment. CSC can intervene with young people by providing specialized outpatient counseling programs while the use of alcohol and other drugs might still be in the experimental stages, thereby preventing the use from progressing to total dependence. With individuals who have been assessed and found to have a higher degree of substance involvement, the focus of treatment addresses this level of need. CSC also believes that the family is an essential component of successful treatment. Families are strongly encouraged to participate in all programming, and the individual client is encouraged to allow this participation.
Outpatient Treatment Services
Outpatient programs serve individuals whose alcohol and drug use affects their daily living and causes family issues, school truancy, legal issues, etc. In many cases, an individual’s outpatient counselor provides the first step toward comprehensive treatment. Individual counseling helps participants to develop their own personal relapse prevention plans and strategies. It also helps clients find ongoing sources of support and self-help, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon/Alateen, and Narcotics Anonymous. Clients can consult our psychiatrist or certified registered nurse practitioner if there are medical concerns or the likelihood that treatment may include medications.
Goals of the Program
The goals of Children’s Service Center’s Drug and Alcohol Program are to:
- To provide recovery-focused addiction services
- Increase the self-sufficiency of clients and communities
- Provide effective, high-quality alcohol and drug prevention, intervention, and treatment services
- Prevent the onset of alcohol and drug abuse and addiction wherever possible and where it already exists
- To mitigate the effects on individuals, families and communities
For referrals or for any information about Children’s Service Center’s Drug and Alcohol Services, please contact our Outpatient Department at 570-825-6425 or call toll free at 877-433-5112.
Parent Child Interaction Therapy
Parent Child Interaction Therapy is an evidence-based treatment that has demonstrated clinical improvements in the behavior of pre-school-aged children. See the following video to learn more about PCIT and the Children’s Service Center. For inquiries or to make an appointment for your child call 570-825-6425.